The Sobeks 2016 – Part 4

Hello again and Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that your 2017 is miles better than 2016!

Before I start looking at a brand new year of books, here’s my final look back over the best novels that I read in 2016. As always, by “best” I mean everything that I awarded either 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. For this final post, I’ll be looking back over my favourite novels that I discovered between October and December.

Hope you enjoyed these last four posts! Now that my holidays are over, I’ll get back to looking at my usual reviews. I can’t wait to see what new gems I discover over the next twelve months!


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

cogheartPublisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd

Page Count: 368 pages

Genre: Science Fiction / Alternate History

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.


The Monster Realm by Nara Duffie

the-monster-realmPublisher: Bowker

Page Count: 274 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Searching for her lost sister, Lillian finds a lost world … Lillian and her best friends, Maisy and Katy, meet a mysterious boy from Lanodeka, the Monster Realm. Facing chimeras, griffins, dragons and even Medusa herself, Lillian tracks her sister through a mythical land—and along the way uncovers an ancient secret that could change the world forever.

Nara Duffie completed The Monster Realm 11 days before her 11th birthday. This is her first novel.



Dew from a Dark Mourning by Brenda McGee Holdsworth

dew-from-a-dark-mourningPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Page Count: 182 pages

Genre: Horror/Christian

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


16 year old Jessica has found a new group of friends. They are a good bunch to hang out with. The only problem Jessica has is she doesn’t want her friends to know that she is a Christian. The day finally came when she and her friends encounter a faceless creature. Are their eyes playing tricks on them? Will Jessica’s faith save her now?


How to Tame a Triceratops by Will Dare

how-to-tame-a-triceratopsPublisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Page Count: 128 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Josh Sanders wants to be the next great dinosaur cowboy! Ropin’ raptors and ridin’ bucking brontosauruses just like his hero Terrordactyl Bill.

Too bad he’s stuck working on his family’s Iguanodon ranch, riding his ancient dino, Plodder. The closest Josh has ever been to a T-Rex is reading about them in his Dino Cowboy Handbook.

To prove he has what it takes, Josh is determined to win the annual Settlement Race. But he’s gonna need one fast dino to stand a chance. With the help of his friends Sam and Abi, Josh will need to tame a wild Triceratops!



Scythe by Neal Shusterman

scythePublisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 449 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Horror

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ( gleaned ) by professional reapers ( scythes ). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe s apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.


The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

the-christmasaurusPublisher: Puffin

Page Count: 384 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Review: [Link]

Buy it here: [Link]


Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus (yes! The real Santa Claus!), a nasty piece of work called the Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur…

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